Supreme jockeying ahead of Donald Trump’s prime-time reveal of court pick

Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

In this June 1, 2006 file photo, from left to right, President Bush, watches the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S.

"Justice Kennedy's resignation letter barely arrived in the President's hands before several Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all - anyone - that the President might name", McConnell said Monday. I was greatly honored when Justice Kennedy came to the White House to meet with me.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Speaking of the president's shortlist, which The Hill reported includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, Graham suggested that any conservative Republican would be happy with the options-touting Hardiman in particular as a good choice.

The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. But the process of vetting the nominee will start right away. During his time as a Senator, he participated in the confirmation hearings of four Supreme Court justices. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is affiliated with Tanden's group, is among the groups taking part in a rally at the Supreme Court tonight to protest Trump's pick. Three of the most endangered Senate Democrats - Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. - were also invited to the event but will not be attending. He is an evangelical Christian whose book, Lead Yourself First, uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively". She once called a 1992 Supreme Court decision that upheld Roe v. Wade "erroneous". It's about what [direction] the United States of America is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court. Trump's sister, a retired federal judge, served with Hardiman on the 3rd Circuit and reportedly recommended him for the job.

Trump is said to have apparently lost interest in Kethledge.

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Kavanaugh was also a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and he was Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr.

The report also noted that the Supreme Court - which recently affirmed freedom of speech in saying pro-life crisis pregnancy centers can not be forced to promote abortion and freedom of religion in a decision on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in the same-sex marriage fight - now is earning its highest approval ratings in several years.

Barrett is a Notre Dame Law School alumna, and she received the Hoynes Prize, the Law School's highest honor.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.

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By Monday Barrett, at 46 the youngest and the only woman of the four, was being widely discounted due to her relative inexperience and her strong views as a social and religious conservative. And, you know, the concern would be that something could pop up going through all those papers that could make him a tougher pick.

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